Monday, February 19, 2007

Pick a Color, Any Color


I finally got around to sending Mandala a color chip for my new board. Manny told me that I could pretty much pick any color from the paint store and the fine folks at Moonlight Glassing would match it perfectly. I wanted something a little different, so I went with magenta. You might call it hot pink, but whatevs. As a painter, I've never feared color. As a matter of fact, I'm most drawn to complimentary colors that "vibrate" when placed next to eachother. We surf in turqouise water, mostly, so magenta seemed like a shade that would pop nicely. It also kind of reminds me of the images LeRoy Grannis and Jeff Divine took in the '60s and '70s with the super-saturated Kodachrome film. The resin tints looked like hard candy.

[Ammendment: I went with my second choice of blue (see above) instead of pink. Call me a Sissy, but I want to be able to use this board in the kinds of waves that it is made for - which unfortunately do not always welcome flashy colors. I'll save magenta for my long board.]

I sent Manny an email to ask if he received the chip and a few more questions about the board. His replies are in blue:

1. Did you receive my color chip?
Got the color chip...killer.

2. Do you know anything about these environmentally friendlier blanks from Homeblown?
Waiting on soy foam from Homeblown...sweet.

3. When you start shaping my board, can you send a pic or two for my blog? (No prob if that's a big hassle.)
Pics...always.

I also found a really good interview on nysurf.com with Manny Caro where he talks in detail about his whole approach and the history of Mandala. A good read, if anyone is interested. It definitley re-stoked me on my order (now a diamond tail), which I placed ages ago.

Alex Smoke - Jah Future

11 comments:

surferbrat said...

You are getting a Mandala!!! So sick, I'm so jealous. I have a diamond tail,and I have to say, it's really fun. It makes pretty smooth carvy turns. Can't wait to see pics.

Anonymous said...

are you getting the diamond tail single? was just in playero in puerto rico and saw an unreal latte colored manny diamond single with moonlight glass. thing was so kine.

Chum said...

Winged Diamond Tail 2+1... But that sound pretty nice too. I've seen some amazing Mandalas on a Puerto Rican surf shop's website... which I cannot remember the name of now!

ras said...

Peep the pink mini-gun with stencil artwork.

http://kuyah.blogspot.com/2006/10/some-photos-of-my-last-two-surfboards.html

ras said...

Ooops.

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger2/
7990/2859/1600/minigun.jpg

Chum said...

Love that board... Need one actually for the swell we're getting.

indytrucker said...

So just the magenta? any pinlines? What are the ideal conditions for this board? Are you going to slack it out in the summer swell or does it need more juice?

Chum said...
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Chum said...

I didn't even think about pinlines... Hm. I was just thinking semi-opaque resin. So many options!

The winged-d 2+1 is supposed to be good for surfers who want more snapability, but on a fish-like template. Manny and I discussed it and decided I needed a board that can handle bigger waves than my quad, but with good entry speed and some forgiveness. I also wanted to be able to try and stay in the pocket more and perhaps even get vertical... we'll see!

G said...

Thanks a lot. I just read the Mandala link and now I've got fishies and diamonds swimming around in my head. If I can't pay the rent cuz I'm breaking the bank on my quiv, it's your fault. My throbbing headache from last night's debauch is definitely your fault.

indytrucker said...

Get vertical?...dude, them's skating words! Y'all should bring the skates in tow for the G-Fest and hit up the covered ramp in Nehalem in case the surf sucks...